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A page devoted to newspaper clippings, unusual articles some psilocybian mushroom trivia


Hello and welcome to our News archives. In this section you will find a wide variety of newspaper clippings regarding the visionary mushrooms. I Started to catalogue these clippings back in 1976.
They are arranged alphabetically by countries and newspapers and then Chronologically by dates.


Newsbrief: Wisconsin Couple Commit Suicide After Pot and 'Shroom Bust, Forfeiture Notice

The funeral for a Waukesha couple who committed suicide last month turned into a cry for marijuana law reform last week as the adult children of Dennis and Denise Schilling charged the government with hounding them to their deaths. Facing lengthy prison sentences and the loss of their home, the couple hung themselves in a Madison motel on September 25. At the funeral, four of five Schilling children wore shirts bearing messages such as, "DARE to Know the Truth About Marijuana," and told the Milwaukee Journal their parents were martyrs to the cause of legalizing marijuana, especially for medicinal purposes.

The Schillings were arrested earlier this year after a snitch told the Waukesha Metro Drug Enforcement Unit they had a grow-op in their home. An undercover policeman and another snitch bought a total of $120 worth of marijuana from the couple, after which police raided the home, finding 21 plants, 12 grams of pot and "drug paraphernalia." On June 27, the Schillings and their son Joshua were charged with maintaining a drug house, manufacturing marijuana and mushrooms, and possession with intent to deliver marijuana and mushrooms.

All three faced possible years in prison, but that wasn't enough for the drug warriors. On September 20, US Marshals hand-delivered a notice of forfeiture action against the couple's home. Although no one has explained why federal authorities were involved in seeking seizure of a home in a small-time state-prosecuted case, US Attorney Steven Biskupic, whose office filed the forfeiture motion, called the Schillings' set-up "a substantial grow operation."

In a suicide note left at the scene, Denise Schilling offered a different explanation, citing her efforts to overcome a lifetime of disease. "I had tried every politically correct route, from religion to psychotropic drugs, and none of them helped me in any way," she wrote. "Perhaps someday people like me will not be persecuted. Perhaps someday it will not be a crime to take care of your health."

Another of the couples' children, Caleb Schilling, pointed an accusing finger at the legal system. "We're being screwed by these people," he said.

Wisconsin State Journal
Wed, 22 Oct 2003


Dustin J. Ripp was high on hallucinogenic mushrooms when he struck and killed a Middleton man as he jogged on a road just north of the city, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

Ripp, 19, was charged Tuesday with homicide while driving under the influence of a controlled substance, first-degree reckless homicide and failure to render aid causing death in connection with the death Saturday afternoon of Jim Beyer, 40, an executive at Famous Footwear.

He was also charged with hit and run in connection with a crash with another vehicle that occurred moments earlier.

Witnesses said they saw Beyer jogging on Pheasant Branch Road when a car driven by Ripp sped down the road and struck Beyer, who was killed instantly, according to the complaint.

"All I remember is I took the shrooms today and everything got weird," Ripp told Deputy Peter Hansen after the crash, the complaint states.  "Then I got in this car and I crashed.  Now I'm here."

Ripp was released from the Dane County Jail on $12,000 bail ordered Tuesday during a court appearance before Dane County Court Commissioner Todd Meurer.  Ripp, a 2003 graduate of Middleton High School, is a graphic design student at MATC, said his attorney, Stephen Eisenberg.  He lives with his mother in Waunakee.  (

According to the criminal complaint against Ripp:

David Gibbon, a Middleton alderman, was jogging on Pheasant Branch Road when he saw Beyer, then saw Ripp's car.  After the car passed, he said, he heard a loud impact and saw pieces fly off Ripp's car, then saw Beyer's body fall from the car.  He ran to Beyer but found he had no pulse.

After the crash, Ripp got out of his car and walked up to Cory Acker, who was working on his truck in his driveway, and said "take me to my bed." Acker told police that Ripp, whom he knew from high school, did not seem to be himself.  Acker said Ripp then got back into his car and drove it into a cornfield, attempting to make a U-turn.

Gibbon said he ran after the car and pounded on the driver's side window until Ripp stopped.  Gibbon opened the car door and pulled Ripp from the car and, joined by a neighbor who had also seen the incident, held Ripp down for police.

Several times, Gibbon said, Ripp told him, "I'm high."

Ripp later told Dane County Sheriff's Detective Kevin Hughes that earlier that day, he had gone to a friend's house and consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms, and afterward, smoked marijuana.  He told Hughes that he got scared and started "freaking out" and drove off in his car, determined to get home.

A little later, and moments before the crash that killed Beyer, Ripp struck a minivan from behind while driving northbound on Pheasant Branch Road.  The van's driver said a man later identified as Ripp got out and showed him a marijuana pipe in one hand and a lighter in the other.

"I'm stoned.  Don't call the police," Ripp told the other driver, before getting back into his car and driving off.

Madison police Lt.  Brian Ackeret, commander of the Dane County Drug and Gang Task Force, said psilocybin or "magic mushrooms" are drugs the task force encounters infrequently.  He classifies them as experimental drugs that are typically used only a few times because of the side effects - stomachaches and vomiting.

Psilocybin usually produces effects similar to LSD, but not quite to the same degree, experts say.  Effects include relaxation, intensification of color, sense of well-being, separation from surroundings and feelings of heaviness or lightness.  Effects usually begin within 30 minutes of ingestion and last two to four hours

Newshawk:Drug Policy Forum of Wisconsin
Pubdate: Wed, 22 Oct 2003
Source: Wisconsin State Journal (WI)
Copyright: 2003 Madison Newspapers, Inc.

Author: Ed Treleven Courts reporter

Waukesha News Briefs
From the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Feb. 11, 2004

3 accused of trying to sell fake hallucinogens

Waukesha- Three teenagers were charged Wednesday with a felony alleging they tried to pass off supermarket mushrooms for a hallucinogenic fungus during a transaction with an undercover detective in October.

Charged with delivery of a non-controlled substance as a controlled substance, a felony, were Kyle R. Trotta, 17, of Brookfield, Jason D. Gollnick, 18, of the City of Pewaukee and Jason M. Lund, 19, of Wauwatosa.

A criminal complaint says the incident occurred Oct. 28 when the three, working through a confidential informant used by police, tried to sell an undercover officer from the Waukesha Metro Drug Unit a pound of store-bought mushrooms as hallucinogenic psilocybin for $2,050.

LaCrosse, Tribune
Published - Saturday, December 04, 2004

Charges pending in drug overdose

Reckless homicide charges are pending against an Arcadia man suspected of selling the drugs that took the life of a La Crosse man who authorities believe overdosed Wednesday.

La Crosse County District Attorney Scott Horne said he believes Kent Cornell died after taking drugs he got from Travis D. Mossman, 26, who is a student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

During a court hearing in which Mossman was charged with delivery of fentanyl and possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, Horne said additional charges will be put on hold until toxicology results are back.

Defense attorney John Brinckman countered the state's allegations in court Friday.

Brinckman told La Crosse County Circuit Judge John Perlich there is a good chance Cornell may have actually died from hallucinogenic mushrooms Cornell allegedly grew or other illegal substances found in Cornell's home.

Prosecutors said in a criminal complaint that Mossman admitted he gave Cornell four fentanyl patches in exchange for mushrooms.

Cornell's girlfriend told investigators Cornell was fine physically around 5 p.m. when he returned from a car ride with Mossman, but she found him passed out less than 90 minutes later.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Lindsey Thomas said an autopsy showed Cornell's cause of death was consistent with a drug overdose, but would wait for toxicology results to name an official cause of death.

Dan Springer can be reached at (608) 791-8269 or

Police uncover marijuana, mushroom operation

October 5, 2005 -

Three men face charges after authorities said they found a marijuana and hallucinogenic mushroom growing operation Monday in the 2300 block of State Street.

Acting on a tip from a man who was hoping to lessen his charges, La Crosse police arrested Zachary T. Flatley, 20, Monday afternoon outside a North Side restaurant.

Police then searched Flatley's home, where they said they found 100 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, seven pounds of marijuana and 15 bottles of hashish oil, said Assistant District Attorney Julie Nelson.

Police also arrested Flatley's roommates, Jordan W. Teele, 19, and Brandon Whytsell, 21.

The men were released on signature bonds and are expected to be charged Thursday, Nelson said

The Daily Citizen, Beaver Dam Wisconsin

July 25, 2007

Area men face drug charges

By BRIAN PAYNTER/Staff Reporter

MAYVILLE Three area men face multiple drug charges after they were arrested Friday night, according to Sgt. Chris MacNeill of the Mayville Police Department.

Officer Ryan Vossekuil and other members of the police department as well as the Dodge County Drug Task Force arrested a 35-year-old Mayville man, a 22-year-old Mayville man and a 21-year-old Horicon man on seven different drug charges including distributing the controlled substances of marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms and cocaine.

The 35-year-old Mayville man is accused of selling 51.3 grams of psilocybin mushrooms on three occasions between Jan. 26 and April 14 in Mayville. The 22-year-old Mayville man is accused of selling 72.5 grams of marijuana on three occasions between March 3 and 20 in Mayville, Juneau and Horicon. The 21-year-old Horicon man is accused of selling 3.5 grams of cocaine in February in Horicon.

All have been referred to theDodge County District Attorney's Office.

Two other people who remain under investigation face similar charges.

The Mayville Police Department belongs to the Dodge County Drug Task Force and worked with other area law enforcement agencies on this case throughout a six-month narcotics investigation, MacNeill said.


Psychedelic mushroom operation busted

The Capital Times    6/01/2009 8:45 am

Psychedelic mushroom eaters won't be tripping in Monroe anytime soon.

Narcotics agents and local police busted what is being called one of the largest psilocybin mushroom growing operations in southern Wisconsin in recent years at the former Feathercreek Bakery, 1010 17th Ave. in downtown Monroe on Friday afternoon

Law enforcement officers found 100 growing units in the facility, along with about 30 grams of a dried substance believed to be psilocybin mushrooms, a small quantity of pot, packaging and weighing equipment, over 200 smoking devices, a large amount of ammunition and over $1,000 cash.

Joshua Moon, 29 and Patrick Gonzales, 24, both of Monroe, were arrested, both tentatively charged with manufacture of psilocybin mushrooms, possession of psilocybin mushrooms with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia


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